Hearing for HB2184 Scheduled!
Updated: Feb 3, 2018
HB2184 has been scheduled for a hearing in the House Health and Human Services committee on Tuesday 2/6/2018 at 8:30am in Room 329: https://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=HB&billnumber=2184&year=2018. We have until 8:30am on Monday 2/5/2018 to submit written testimony. Here are the different ways you can submit testimony:
You can create an account or sign in to your existing account at the capitol website www.capitol.hawaii.gov. From there you can click on the button that says "Submit Testimony". On that page you have the option to simply click on support, and/or add comments. This is the preferred way to submit testimony.
You can fax your testimony, 5 pages or less, (800) 535-3895.
You can email your testimony to the Health and Human Services committee: HHStestimony@capitol.hawaii.gov
When you submit your testimony make sure to indicate if you will be able to be at the hearing to testify in person. Your legislators hear from you, especially constituents from neighbor islands. If you travel from a neighbor island, they will make every effort to make sure your testimony is heard.
Even just clicking on "Support" helps the legislators hear your voice. If you want to add comments but aren't sure where to start we have included a short template below. All you have to do is cut and paste it into the comments box on the website and fill in the blanks.
Please feel free to reach out to us with any questions or concerns! EXAMPLE:
HB2184 Relating to the Licensure of Midwives
Health and Human Services Committee
[Your name here]
[Your address here]
I am testifying in support of HB2184.
Licensing professional midwives creates more access to quality women’s healthcare, prenatal care, safe birthing options, postpartum care, breastfeeding support and reproductive care.
By legalizing professional midwives the public has reassurance that midwives are educated according to national requirements, are held accountable to maintain national standards and complete continuing education.
Two sunrise audits completed in 1999 and 2017 concluded that Hawaii should regulate the profession of midwifery.
I urge you to support this bill.